Tommy Searle shows pace on the 450

Martin Barr takes the holeshot with the rest in chase - Image by redbullpronationals/Ian Roxborough

If anyone had any doubts as to whether Tommy Searle could ride a 450 then let today be a lesson to them! After his dominance in the first race it was more of the same in the second, albeit after a first lap battle royale with Brad Anderson as the pair banged bars through the back of the circuit! Once at the front Searle pretty much checked out, leaving the action behind him. While Anderson probably thought he’d be safe in second, those behind him had other ideas, as LPE Kawasaki and former GP winner Gert Krestinov put his sand skills to good use and closed right onto the PAR riders back wheel.

With Searle already long gone and Ando and Krestinov battling each other, returning HM Plant Red Bull KTM’s Jake Nicholls pulled the trigger and laid down some blisteringly fast laps on the 250f, first catching, then passing the Ando/Krestinov freight train to put himself into second. While all this was happening at the sharp end CLS Kawasaki’s Max Anstie was battling through the pack after yet another average start, managing to elevate himself from fifth to third on the 10th lap.

Just as Nicholls was probably thinking that 2nd was his for the taking, the Hawkstone track decided to bite him in the rear, serving him up a good old fashioned trip over the bars and relegation back to fifth, ruining all his previous hard work. Of course one man’s bad luck is another man’s good luck, and prime benefactor of Nicholl’s misfortune was Anstie, who more than happily took the reins of second spot, giving the CLS team a second 1-2 of the day with Anderson second and Krestinov third.

With MX2 players Anstie and Nicholls mixing it up at the front the final step of the podium was filled by LPE Kawasaki’s Bryan Mackenzie, who had managed to hunt down and pass Maxxis Apico Suzuki’s Steven Clarke. With both Mackenzie and Clarke finishing the day on 40 points Mackenzie’s pass proved crucial, as his better 2nd moto finish gave him the nod for second overall.

MX1 Overall
1 100 Tommy Searle Kawasaki Team CLS Kawasaki 50 0 25 25
2 37 Gert Krestinov Maxxis-Henderson-LPE Kawasaki 40 10 20 20
3 60 Brad Anderson PAR Honda Racing Honda 38 12 16 22
4 50 Martin Barr Boost Energy KTM KTM 37 13 22 15
5 42 Nathan Parker Boost Energy KTM KTM 34 16 18 16
6 31 Alex Snow Lanes Kawasaki Kawasaki 31 19 13 18
7 227 Kristian Whatley Samsung Yamaha Yamaha 29 21 15 14
8 701 Dorren Coutts Danger UK Yamaha 25 25 14 11
9 51 Kieran Scheele Dirt Bike Gym Kawasaki 24 26 12 12
10 77 Arunas Gelazninkas Route 77 Energy Ltd Kawasaki 21 29 11 10
11 700 Sam Simmons Motoward – Rideconcepts Yamaha 19 31 10 9
12 41 Alfie Smith J.K.Racing Aprilia 13 37 – 13
13 232 James Lassu

MX2 Overall
1 99 Max Anstie RBPN MX2 Kawasaki 50 0 25 25
2 121 Bryan MacKenzie RBPN MX2 Kawasaki 40 10 20 20
3 511 Steven Clarke RBPN MX2 Suzuki 40 10 22 18
4 45 Jake Nicholls RBPN MX2 KTM 38 12 16 22
5 272 Neville Bradshaw RBPN MX2 Honda 34 16 18 16
6 44 Elliott Banks-Browne RBPN MX2 Honda 30 20 15 15
7 210 John Phillips RBPN MX2 Yamaha 27 23 13 14
8 119 Mel Pocock RBPN MX2 Suzuki 27 23 14 13
9 114 Jordan Booker RBPN MX2 KTM 24 26 12 12
10 711 James Cottrell RBPN MX2 Honda 20 30 11 9
11 356 Anthony Revelle RBPN MX2 Honda 19 31 9 10
12 411 Erki Kahro RBPN MX2 Honda 17 33 6 11
13 4 Lars Van Berkel RBPN MX2 Kawasaki 15 35 8 7
14 162 Stuart Edmonds RBPN MX2 TM 13 37 7 6
15 36 Matthew Moffat RBPN MX2 KTM 10 40 10 –
16 66 Lewis Tombs RBPN MX2 Honda 9 41 1 8
17 75 Kayne Lamont RBPN MX2 Suzuki 6 44 3 3
18 177 Sonny Thompson RBPN MX2 Kawasaki 5 45 5 –
19 38 Daniel Hutchinson RBPN MX2 KTM 5 45 – 5
20 871 Connor Walkley RBPN MX2 Kawasaki 4 46 4 –
21 151 Matthew Baylis RBPN MX2 Honda 4 46 – 4
22 271 Tom Kelly RBPN MX2 Honda 2 48 2 –
23 20 Harry McKenna RBPN MX2 KTM 2 48 – 2
24 303 Brad Woodroffe RBPN MX2 Yamaha 1 49 – 1

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